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Alan Newell

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Alan Newell is an Emeritus Professor at Dundee University who has a long history of human-computer interaction research, with a focus on supporting the elderly and people with disabilities. He is also the founder of the School of computing at Dundee University, where he established one of the world's largest academic groups dedicated to researching and improving digital systems for the elderly and people with disabilities, the Queen Mother Research Centre.[1]. Newell has given numerous keynote lectures around the world, and his research is published widely.

Works[edit | edit source]

Newell's research has contributed a wide range of improvements to computer-systems for the elderly and disabled people, some of which include stenograph transcription systems, television subtitling systems for the hearing-impaired, and various communications systems for the speech-impaired[2]. Some of Newell's recent research involves developing systems to support the elderly with dementia[1].

Some of Newell's notable publications follows:

  • Design and the digital divide : insights from 40 years in computer support for older and disabled people[3]
  • An interactive tool to promote musical creativity in people with dementia[4]
  • Accessible computing - Past trends and future suggestions: Commentary on "Computers and People with Disabilities"[5]

Newell has also authored a book on the topic of computer-systems and design for the elderly and disabled people titled, "Design and the Digital Divide"[6]

Design and Digital Divide[edit | edit source]

"Design and Divide" recounts the insights gained from Newell's research, and discusses a philosophy, and design practices for technology systems to reduce the "Digital Divides" between users and those who are excluded due to poor design.[6]. The book discusses several important concepts of HCI such as "Ordinary and Extra-ordinary HCI", "User Sensitive Inclusive Design" , and "Design for Dynamic Diversity"[6]

Video and Theatre[edit | edit source]

Newell has extensively used videos, theatre, and film as a medium for raising awareness and training young designers.[7]. He has present live theatre events at conferences, and has been a successful tool in facilitating discussion from the audience. One particular scenario included an elderly couple attempting to use smart house technology[7]

Honours and Awards[1][edit | edit source]

  • ACM Fellow (2006)
  • CHI Social Impact Award (2011)
  • CHI Academy inductee (2012)
  • Received best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
  • Received best paper award at the ACM Conference on Assistive Technologies

Affiliations[2][edit | edit source]

  • Emeritus Professor, Dundee University, Scotland
  • Deputy Principal, Dundee University
  • Member, Order of the British Empire
  • Fellow, The British Computer Society
  • Fellow, The Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Honorary Fellow, The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Professor AF Newell". staff.computing.dundee.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Newell, Alan". Encounters with HCI Pioneers - A Personal Photo Journal. 2015-08-23. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  3. "Design and the digital divide - Research Database, The University of Dundee". discovery.dundee.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  4. "An interactive tool to promote musical creativity in people with dementia - Research Database, The University of Dundee". discovery.dundee.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  5. "Accessible computing - Past trends and future suggestions - Research Database, The University of Dundee". discovery.dundee.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Professor AF Newell, Book". staff.computing.dundee.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Professor AF Newell, Video & Theatre". staff.computing.dundee.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-04-06.


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